Psychological well being: Threat of despair returning whereas on antidepressants is 39 per cent

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Ending the use of antidepressants carries some risk, but so does staying on them

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People who stop taking antidepressants because they feel they no longer need them could trigger a relapse into depression, a study has shown. The findings may be taken by some as reason to continue taking such medicines indefinitely – but in fact the picture is more complex.

In many high-income countries, the number of people taking antidepressants are at record levels, with an estimated one in 10 people using antidepressants in England. The medicines can cause side effects …

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